You just can’t miss the zippers at Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s latest SS 2012 collection—they’re literally in every outfit. “Freedom,” explains the designer about the collection’s theme. Zippers give the wearer the option to loosen a garment in selected places, while also allowing them to reveal a little skin. “Body-conscious, but nonchalant.”
Coming from his new creative director position at Lacoste, Felipe’s pieces naturally fall into one of the season’s top trends: sporty. We see a mix of slim motorcycle pants, body-tight dresses, and jumpsuits, as well as the more forgiving loose-sleeved jackets, tops, and hooded cover-ups. With the zippers adding a dash of sexiness and detailing, Felipe incorporates them in contrast colors of coral, beige, and sunny yellow, and places in unexpected areas of each piece, from head to toe.